1. The name often given for the type of wood that is used to make most cigar boxes and humidors. Spanish cedar is used—not red or aromatic cedar—and the word is a marketing name for cedrela, a tree that belongs to the mahogany family. It grows throughout the tropics and is not a true cedar. It’s quite different from red or aromatic cedar, which should never be used in humidors or cigar boxes.
2. A type of flavor commonly associated with cigars. Cigars are aged in Spanish cedar lined aging rooms, or in Spanish cedar boxes, and sometimes come wrapped with a thin strip of Spanish cedar. The associated aromas and flavors are described as cedary.